MAT For Exercise Professionals

MAT Is A Checks And Balances System That Allows Exercise Professionals To Cater To Their Clients Needs Prior Or Post Training Session

Imagine being able to know exactly how a client’s system will be effected by a force (weight training, sprints, repetitive motion like throwing a baseball, etc) moving through their passive structures such as joints, ligaments, bones, and tissue. Depending on each clients specific physical history could dictate how they handle those forces. MAT Practitioners are able to help prepare, prevent, and preserve that clients muscular system to stay happy and healthy – all the while keep coming back to training.

For Example: Soft tissue manipulation can be beneficial in breaking up scar tissue in a post op situation but without the proper ability to check how that effected that client’s individual system may leave them vulnerable and unstable.

When clients have muscles that have been weakened due to stress, trauma, or overuse, the resultant inflammation alters the communication between the nervous system and the muscular system. This results in a neurological weakness that cannot be corrected by conventional exercise or further training. When you have this altered communication between the two systems, exercise alone will not strengthen the communication pathways. In order to help relieve the pain and reduce inflammation to allow the body to heal, you must first activate the muscles which in turn improves this needed communication.


Glenn Haugk

“My first exposure to MAT was as a client. I had multiple failed experiences with physical therapy – they could get me out of pain, but I couldn’t return to any type of physical lifestyle, and I was only 20 years old. I found people that did MAT, who prescribed appropriate exercises, and it escalated to where I am today. As I started going down the personal training route I didn’t know if I was going to stay in that field, and when I learned MAT®, it catapulted what I could do and how I could help people.”
- MATRX Practitioner and Trainer

MAT Has An Unique Perspective On Muscle Tightness Which Gives Exercise Professionals With A MAT Certification The Advantage.

MAT looks at muscle tightness as being a symptom that relates to underlying weaknesses. Whenever you have stress, trauma, or overuse to the body, the resultant inflammation alters the communication between the nervous system and the muscular system so that the muscles cannot contract efficiently. When muscles can’t contact efficiently, they cannot shorten efficiently and they actually weaken due to lack of neurological input.

 With MAT, we focus on the muscle weakness aspect of the muscle dysfunction. Through specific activation techniques that improve the communication between the nervous system and the muscular system, not only do the associated muscles get stronger, but the protective tightening of other muscles goes away. 


Dave Reed

“Managing a fitness facility – training trainers and working with clients. I myself was so broken down I had to quit working out. I had tried everything to get my body on track, but couldn’t get over chronic pain at 26 years old.In my search I stumbled upon MAT, and thought MAT made more sense than anything I encountered. It is by far the most rewarding and challenging thing I’ve ever done.”
- MATRX Practitioner and Physical Therapist